Nick Lodolo battled his control on the night, but kept the Reds in the game before turning things over to the bullpen. Cincinnati’s offense, though, failed too come through with the hits when they needed them repeatedly in a 5-3 loss to the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night.
|Boston Red Sox (72-75)||5||7||0|
|Cincinnati Reds (58-90)||3||9||1|
|W: Bello (2-6) L: Lodolo (4-7) SV: Schreiber (8)
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After going in order in the 1st, the Reds started to put things together in the 2nd. Jake Fraley led off with a single and moved to third base on a double by Donovan Solano. Aristides Aquino then followed with a walk to load the bases with no outs. Cincinnati came away with no runs after back-to-back strikeouts before a ground out ended the inning. TJ Friedl would lead off the bottom of the 3rd inning with a home run to tie the game up. Jonathan India followed with a walk, but was erased on a double play. But Jake Fraley and Donovan Solano both hit 2-out singles, but a ground out would once again end the threat.
After the Red Sox grabbed a 2-1 lead in the top of the 4th Stuart Fairchild led off the bottom of the inning with a double, but like every other baserunner on the day for the Reds to that point, he was stranded. in the bottom of the 5th it was Jake Fraley and Donovan Solano doing work once again as both picked up 2-out singles, but Aristides Aquino flew out to right field to end the threat.
Those would be the final hits the Reds would have until Fairchild led off the bottom of the 9th with a single as the Reds trailed 5-1. After Jose Barrero worked a full count before striking out, both Spencer Steer and pinch-hitter Alejo Lopez walked to load the bases for Jonathan India. Matt Strahm, who had not walked two hitters in a single outing all year followed up by walking India, too and bringing in a run to make it 5-2. That resulted in a pitching change for Boston as they brought in John Schreiber to face Kyle Farmer with the bases still loaded and one out. He made it a 5-3 game with a sacrifice fly to center. That brought Jake Fraley to the plate, but the comeback wasn’t there to be had on Tuesday night as he grounded out harmlessly to first base to end the game.
Things got dicey early on for Nick Lodolo and the Reds. Tommy Pham reached to lead off the game on an error by Jose Barrero. An out later Lodolo walked Xander Bogarts to put two men on, but the lefty locked in and struck out J.D. Martinez on three pitches for out number two and needed just two pitches to get Alex Verdugo to ground out to end the inning. The next inning was more quick trouble as a hit batter and a walk opened up the second but just like before, Lodolo got out of it with no damage.
In the third inning Nick Lodolo couldn’t get around his 2-out walk as J.D. Martinez tripled to center on a play that saw Nick Senzel run into the wall and go down. Senzel attempted to jog after the trainer came out to check on him but he couldn’t do so smoothly and was removed from the game. Lodolo would strike out Alex Verdugo to end the inning and limit the Red Sox to just one run.
Boston got back to it quickly in the 4th when former Reds minor leaguer Rob Refsnyder led off with a home run to give the Red Sox a 2-1 lead. Lodolo hit the following batter and then hit Yu Chang after that as he continued to struggle with his control on the night. After a mound visit he picked up a strikeout and then got Tommy Pham to ground into an inning-ending double play. J.D. Martinez would come through for Boston again in the 5th inning with a 2-out solo homer to extend their lead to 3-1.
Dauri Moreta took over in the 6th inning and he struck out the side. He returned for the 7th and struck out Connor Wong to begin the inning before giving up a single to Tommy Pham. That’s when David Bell headed to the mound and called on Ian Gibaut to come out of the bullpen. He walked the first two batters he faced, loading them up in the process. A mound visit followed and on the first pitch he threw after that J.D. Martinez grounded into an inning-ending double play.
Gibaut returned to begin the 8th and gave up a leadoff single and then a walk before getting a pop up for the first out of the inning. The Red Sox then went to their bench to bring in a pinch hitter and that led to Cincinnati turning things over to Reiver Sanmartin and he got the job done with a ground out and a strikeout – needing just four pitches to get that job accomplished.
Hunter Strickland entered the game in the top of the 9th with the game still sitting at 3-1. It didn’t stay that long as Tommy Pham led off with a double and Rafael Devers followed with a 2-run homer to make it 5-1.
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